NASCAR TOP 10 AT A GLANCE A look at the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series Top 10 Drivers DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 28, 2004) - The following is a glance at the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series Top 10 in the ...
NASCAR TOP 10 AT A GLANCE
A look at the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series Top 10 Drivers
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 28, 2004) - The following is a glance at the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series Top 10 in the series championship standings heading into the JC Glass "10" at Phoenix Int'l Raceway this Sunday, October 3. The race in Phoenix, Arizona will be race eleven of 14 on the NASCAR AutoZone Southwest Series schedule. The previous race September 18 at Tucson Raceway Park has been postponed due to inclement weather and is tentatively rescheduled for Sunday, October 10:
No. 1 - Jim Pettit II (No. 03 California Hot Wood Ford), Jim Pettit Racing. Last week's ranking: 2nd. Pettit moved to the top of the standings for the fourth time this season after a dominating performance at CNS August 21 where he collected his series leading third victory of the season. Pettit finished 28th last season at PIR in the NASCAR Doubleheader weekend.
No. 2 - Craig Raudman (No. 2 HPS/Victory Circle Chevrolet), Victory Circle Racing. Last week's ranking: 1st. Raudman had bad luck strike as an ill-handling racecar left the 2001 Southwest Series champion with a 12th place finish at CNS August 21. Raudman finished 14th at PIR last season and one top five and two top ten finishes over the years.
No. 3 - Burney Lamar (No. 1 Groeniger Chevrolet), Victory Circle Racing. Last week's ranking: 3rd. Lamar could only produce a 15th finish at CNS August 21 after five straight top five performances this season. Lamar maintains the third spot in the standings for the third consecutive race and heads to PIR where he finished 2nd last season.
No. 4 - Eric Holmes (No. 62 KENKO Chevrolet), Beebe Racing. Last week's ranking: 4th. Holmes maintains the fourth position in the standings for the second race after 5th place performance at CNS. Holmes has seven top ten finishes in ten starts this season. Holmes finished 5th at PIR last season. Holmes also scored his first Bud Pole Award of the season at CNS back in August.
No. 5 - Eddy McKean (No. 19 Magic Valley Pipe & Steel Pontiac), McKean Racing. Last week's ranking: 6th. McKean finished third at CNS to move back into the top five after ten races. McKean eyes a top three final finish and returns to PIR where he has been dominate. McKean has six top three performances at PIR since 2001 including two wins.
No. 6 - Doug McCoun (No. 16 Camacho's Cantina Chevrolet), CBA Motorsports. Last week's ranking: 7th. McCoun had a 6th place effort at CNS August 21 to move up one position in the standings. McCoun has scored three top ten finishes in ten starts this season. McCoun has two top five finishes at PIR and finished 12th in last year's event.
No. 7 - Joe Herold (No. 5 Quality Chevrolet), Herold Racing. Last week's ranking: 5th. Herold continues to have his best season in the series but suffered a disappointing result at CNS after being the victim of an early accident at CNS where he finished 25th. Herold finished 10th at PIR last season and is ready to position himself for an invite to the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown in November.
No. 8- Greg Voigt (No. 9 Auto Pro Racing Engines Chevrolet), Voigt Racing. Last week's ranking: 8th. Voigt finished 10th at CNS for his third top ten finish of the season and maintains the eighth position in the standings. Voigt finished 27th in last year's event at PIR.
No. 9 - Todd Souza (No. 6 Money By Design Chevrolet), Penney Racing. Last week's ranking: 9th. Souza stays in the ninth spot in the standings after a 14th place effort at CNS. Souza has one top five and two top ten finishes in ten starts this season and looks to hold onto a top ten final points finish. Souza did not make the trip to Phoenix last season.
No. 10 - Rip Michels (No. 12 Stock Building Supply Chevrolet), Michels Racing. Last week's ranking: 10th. Michels continues to lead the Autometer Rookie-of-the-Year standings after ten races but suffered two flat tires at CNS which resulted in a 19th place finish. Michels will visit TRP for the first time this weekend where he hopes to hold off rookie challenger Nick Lynch. Michels has four top ten finishes in ten starts this season.
Charting the Champs: 2003 series champion Auggie Vidovich will return to the series this weekend sporting new colors as he takes over the driving duties in the #11 Centrifugal Technologies Chevrolet. Vidovich is running a partial schedule in 2004. 2001 series champion Craig Raudman dropped to second in the standings after a 12th finish at Colorado National Speedway August 21 and is looking for his first win at PIR after ten years on the Southwest Series. 2002 series champion Eddy McKean moved up to fifth in the standings after a third place performance at CNS August 21 and returns to PIR where he has shown his mastery of the mile racetracks by talking the victory in the last two events staged at PIR.
On the outside looking in: Danny Burson sits in the 11th position just 48 points behind Michels with Nick Lynch seven points behind Burson.
NASCAR Top 10 this week: 1. Jim Pettit II, 1571; 2. Craig Raudman, 1546; 3. Burney Lamar, 1454; 4. Eric Holmes, 1335; 5. Eddy McKean, 1331; 6. Doug McCoun, 1283; 7. Joe Herold, 1261; 8. Greg Voigt, 1246; 9. Todd Souza, 1219; 10. Rip Michels, 1179.
Races at No. 1: Craig Raudman (5), Jim Pettit II (4), Eddy McKean (1).
New arrivals in the NASCAR Top 10 this week: None
Most weeks in the NASCAR Top 10: Five drivers tied at ten races
Biggest mover among the Top 10: Jim Pettit II (2nd to 1st)
Dropped out of the NASCAR Top 10 this week: None
Past Champions (2004 Point Standing): Auggie Vidovich (24th), Craig Raudman (2nd), Eddy McKean (5th).